SURPRISE, Ariz. | Jimmy Gobble’s left-on-left efficiency wasn’t sufficient to merit a spot in the Royals’ bullpen.
The Royals asked release waivers Wednesday on Gobble, who spent the last 10 years in their organization.
The move allows the club to save more than $1.1 million even if Gobble, 27, goes unclaimed. Gobble is entitled to only roughly one-sixth of his $1.35 million salary as separation pay if he clears waivers.
The Royals remain $4 million or move over their budgeted $70 million payroll.
The bigger issue, however, was Gobble’s lack of success against right-handed hitters. His 8.81 ERA last season was due, largely, to right-handed hitters batting .382 against him. He limited left-handed hitters to a .200 average.
The Royals also signed right-handed pitcher Anthony Lerew to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to big-league camp. Lerew, 26, pitched in 11 games for the Braves from 2005-07 before spending last year in the minors.